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July 02, 2014

Burger King Launches Gay Whopper

The Politicization of Everything, as Sonny Bunch calls it, now includes cheeseburgers.

Burger King has concocted yet another way to have it your way: a gay pride burger.

The Proud Whopper, as it's called, comes wrapped in a rainbow colored wrapper with this inscription: "We are all the same inside." It will be sold through Thursday at one Burger King restaurant on San Francisco's Market Street, that was at the heart of the route for last weekend's 44th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade.

Burger King on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. EST plans to post a two-minute video about the Proud Whopper on its YouTube channel.

"It showcases who we are as a brand," says Fernando Machado, senior vice president of global brand management at Burger King. "It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression."

The inspiration behind the unusual burger wrap and video, he says, is Burger King's localized efforts to put into motion actions that support its recently-tweaked slogan: "Be Your Way."

I don't know if the Gay Pride Whopper is any different than a regular Whopper, apart from the rainbow-foil packaging. I suppose the whole idea is that it shouldn't be any different. (It would be sort of funny if the slogan were "We're all the same inside" but then it turns out the Gay Pride Whopper has Thousand Island dressing on it or something.)

So they're just selling you some rainbow foil.

It's just strange to sell mundane items branded for identity politics -- why is there no Black Pride Whopper?

Does Burger King not support its black clientele?

Via @allahpundit.

What had been a joke in the mid-90s is now a reality.

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